UPDATE:Richland inclusive resolution gains community support
Richland inclusive resolution
RICHLAND, Wash. — Tuesday evening a group of women; Laura Flores-Newberry, Barbara Chen and Ann Fraser presented another push for an inclusiveness resolution to the city of Richland.
The group created the resolution, in light of what they say is an increase in hate and violence in the city of Richland.
The group believes their inclusiveness resolution will further affirm the cities values in safety and diversity.
Even though the group was not on the agenda, dozens of community members joined Laura Flores-Newberry, Barbara Chen and Ann Fraser.
Community members shared their stories of prejudice in front of council members in a show of support for the groups inclusiveness resolution, in the hopes of getting the resolution on next week’s council agenda.
The new resolution presented by the group does not change any laws currently in place.
The new resolution proposed is, “A resolution affirming the City of Richlands commitment to promoting and embracing an inclusive and safe community where families can thrive, and declaring the city of Richland as an inclusive community,” as stated in the groups reformed resolution proposal.
The group along with inclusiveness resolution co-creator Anne Fraser says, their hope is that the stories and accounts from community members will quote, “push the city to recommit to the 2001 vision statement,” where the city stated what their core values were on their website.
The vision statement says , “Richland is a progressive, safe, and family friendly community that welcomes diversity.”
The core values within the 2001 statement from the city website also says the city of Richland embraces the values of “team work, integrity, and excellence.”
A number of people from diverse backgrounds spoke on behalf of racial oppression that they have experienced in the city of Richland, while others saw the resolution as a dangerous decision if the city chooses to sign on.
One local mother, Patricia Escamilla spoke to council members about the racial challenges her 17-year-old daughter experienced while attending Richland High School, to help shine light on racial discrimination in the community.
“My daughter did not want to go to that school, she did not feel supported from the administration and she is now attending Chiawanna High School, where she feels safe, and where she is not being targeted,” local mother, Patricia Escamilla said.
UPDATE: Richland assistant city manager Jon Amundson issued this statement on the inclusive resolution saying in part, “The city council appreciates the dialogue on inclusivity and says that it stands by its adopted vision statement of Richland being a progressive, safe and family-friendly community that welcomes diversity.”
Laura Flores-Newberry, Barbara Chen and Ann Fraser and their group supporters plan to show up to the next city council meeting to push the new resolution again.